Peace in Bethlehem

    Peace In Bethlehem We live in a noisy turbulent world filled with hate and the love of war. What is Christmas, but the reminder that such days are numbered. Because of still-seething tensions we came into Bethlehem, a city under siege, by the back door. After parking our buses we made our way … Read More

Handcart Rescue for Thanksgiving 2014

    This Thanksgiving may I share a story of real gratitude? Tuesday, October 21, 1856. The members of the Willie Handcart Company were camped, in the deep snow, at the Sixth Crossing of the Sweetwater in Wyoming, where they had been for two days—without food. They had journeyed all the way from Iowa City, … Read More

Amasa Mason Lyman

    Amasa Mason Lyman Two missionaries came into the small New Hampshire community of Lyman. Living there was a young man, 19 years old, who had been searching earnestly for the truth. Upon hearing the sure testimony of Elders Orson Pratt and Lyman E. Johnson, he was converted and baptized April 27, 1832. He … Read More

Bishop Millen Atwood

Bishop Millen Atwood One evening many years ago, a Church meeting was called in the old Thirteenth Ward in Salt Lake City. The venerable old Bishop Atwood was the speaker. Bishop Millen Atwood had grown up in the east as a lad with many responsibilities. His father suffered ill health and Millen labored on the … Read More

Zion and Martin Harris

Zion and Martin Harris Isaiah spoke often and eloquently about the Zion that would be established in the last days. Prophets looked forward to it and rejoiced in the knowledge. Among them, Ether prophesied that in the last days “a new Jerusalem should be built up upon this land, unto the remnant of the seed … Read More

Polly Peck Knight

Polly Peck Knight It was in the Fall of 1826 when Mother Polly Peck Knight and her family first met young Joseph Smith. While he was struggling to survive and preparing himself to receive the Gold Plates, the Knights were well-established land-owners and farmers. The Knights would later befriend Joseph help support him while he … Read More

The Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible

The Joseph Smith Translation No sooner was the Book of Mormon off Grandin’s Press in Palmyra than Joseph was reassigned. The project is little known and even less understood, even by Joseph’s own people, yet it was so critical of a work that he devoted much of his time to it for over two years. … Read More

Moses, Elijah, and The Kirtland Temple

120 years-old, Moses walked up the slopes of Mount Nebo accompanied by Joshua and the Senate. Despite his age his eye was not dim nor his natural force abated. He was still strong and vigorous. It was not by his will that he ascended those steep slopes. “Get thee up into this mountain,” the Lord … Read More

Joseph and Emma: The Reunion

Joseph and Emma: The Reunion March 20, 1839, in the dank, cold, dungeon cell of Liberty Jail in Clay County, Missouri, Joseph Smith and four other companions were imprisoned. By the duplicity of traitors they had been arrested and on the strength of testimony offered by false friends they had been confined in the close … Read More

Newel and Lydia

Newel and Lydia When the Lord said, “all things shall work together for good to them that walk uprightly,” he meant it. Lydia Goldthwaite was born June 9, 1812 in Salem, Massachusetts. In time her father moved the family to western New York. She was the third of twelve children in a loving family. When … Read More